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1194788.  Mon Jun 13, 2016 2:29 pm Reply with quote

Sorry Stephen, but contrary to your assertion in QI XL Series L, #12, there _is_ a Copenhagen in Canada. In Ontario to be precise!

Google, as always the arbiter of all truth (All Praised Be Google!):,+ON,+Canada/@42.6760727,-81.0030405,14z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x882e7ab2e63eaafb:0x93de373f5ea5f43f!8m2!3d42.676043!4d-80.985488

1194789.  Mon Jun 13, 2016 2:31 pm Reply with quote

BTW, the comment by Stephen was around the 39 minute mark, about questioning Americans about where Copenhagen was.

1194790.  Mon Jun 13, 2016 3:01 pm Reply with quote

Pah - one measly Scandinavian city in Canada?

Here in Maine we have Norway, Sweden, Denmark, China, Peru, Madrid, Vienna, Mexico, Rome, and Moscow among others.

Welcome to the forums, DrRTFM :-)

1194812.  Mon Jun 13, 2016 4:49 pm Reply with quote

Copenhagen, Ontario is no more than a couple dozen houses clustered around an intersection, but it's by no means the only Scandinavian settlement in Canada.

Stockholm, Saskatchewan is not a major metropolis either, but despite having a population of only 350 it's big enough to have a police service and a fire department. (Admittedly, the police service and the fire department are the same person.)

Gimli, Manitoba is named after one of the Heavens of Norse mythology, not after a little bearded fellow from The Lord of the Rings. (The source of the name is in fact ultimately the same, since Tolkien took all of his dwarf names from Norse mythology. Quite why he based their language on Arabic when they all had Norse names, you'd have to ask him!)

Gimli is a larger town than Copenhagen or Saskatchewan; its population is around 2,000. It is the "capital" of New Iceland, an area in Manitoba which was settled by emigrants from Iceland in 1875.

New Iceland is occasionally claimed to have declared itself a republic. It didn't really do that, but the Canadian authorities took a few years to get around to organizing the area properly and the people of New Iceland had already elected themselves a mayor and a council.

1194817.  Mon Jun 13, 2016 6:05 pm Reply with quote

suze wrote:

Gimli is a larger town than Copenhagen or Saskatchewan; its population is around 2,000. It is the "capital" of New Iceland, an area in Manitoba which was settled by emigrants from Iceland in 1875.

It's also the place where a Boeing 767 which ran out of fuel glided in to achieve a survivable landing on a disused military airstrip in 1983. Usually referred to as the "Gimli Glider", the aeroplane managed to run out of fuel due to poor procedures and confusion introduced by a transition from Inferial to Metric units which allowed both systems to be used in parallel for a transition period. This practice is now banned by most safety authorities because it has been the cause of lethal accidents - in this case they were lucky and there were only a few minor injuries.


1194820.  Mon Jun 13, 2016 7:12 pm Reply with quote

Ooh now then, that rang a bell or two. That was a major news story in Canada at the time, and I was 15 by then so I'd started following newscasts. I just looked up the details, some of which I certainly knew back in 1983 and some of which were new to me.

The two pilots had two things in their favour. One of them had previously flown gliders, a thing that many airline pilots would never have done. The other was ex-RCAF, and knew of the existence of the former military airfield at Gimli. He did not at the time know that it had closed twelve years previously, nor yet that it was by now being used for motor racing.

That turned out to be an advantage too. A sports car race had been held on the strip that very day, and the fire marshals were still on site. Accordingly, a fire which broke out in the nose on landing was quickly extinguished.

Ten of the 69 people on board required treatment by St John Ambulance (who, again, were already on site because of the motor race). Most of the injuries were bruised bottoms, since the angle at which the airplane landed meant that passengers leaving via the evacuation chutes had a hard landing on the strip.

There is no film of the incident. Neither has any pilot who has tried to repeat the landing in a simulator ever managed to do it without crashing.


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